Immigrants are at higher COVID risk because of crowded workplaces and housing
A new study from Statistics Canada reports that immigrants were more likely to die from COVID-19 than people born in Canada in the first wave of the pandemic. Immigrants were at higher risk of death because they work predominantly in essential services such as health care and long-term care, and live in low-income, overcrowded or multigenerational households. Ontario, Quebec, and especially British Columbia demonstrated the highest death burden among immigrants, where immigrants comprise 28% of the population but accounted for 41% of COVID-19 deaths. The study also illustrated that poor language skills and health knowledge made it difficult for some immigrants to understand and follow public health guidelines to help reduce their risk of COVID-19 infection.